1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup butter
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 – 4 tablespoons milk
6 tablespoons jam or chocolate-hazelnut spread
½ recipe Cookie Glaze (optional)
In a large bowl stir together flour, sugar, and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in egg. Sprinkle 1 Tbsp. milk at a time over part of the flour mixture; gently toss with a fork. Push moistened mixture to side of the bowl. Repeat, adding only enough milk until the mixture begins to come together. Gather into a ball, kneading gently just until it holds together. (Or combine all ingredients except milk in a food processor. Pulse; add milk 1 Tbsp. at a time until the dough comes together.) Divide pastry in half; form two balls. If desired, cover with plastic wrap and chill until ready to use.
Preheat oven to 375°F. On a lightly floured surface slightly flatten one pastry ball. Roll into a 9×8-inch rectangle. Cut in half lengthwise to form two 9×4-inch rectangles; cut each in thirds crosswise to form six total 3×4-inch rectangles. Repeat with the remaining pastry ball.*
Spread 1 Tbsp. jam each onto six rectangles. Moisten edges with additional milk; top with remaining pastry rectangles; press edges with a fork to seal. Using a floured spatula, transfer filled pastries to a baking sheet. Brush tops with additional milk.
Bake 17 to 20 minutes or until golden. Remove; let cool on a wire rack 5 minutes. Drizzle with Cookie Glaze. Serve warm. Makes 6 pastries.
For Heart-Shaped Pastries:
For pastries with heart cutouts: Using 1/2- to 1 1/2-inch heart-shaped cookie cutters, cut shapes from half the rectangles. Discard hearts or brush with milk and press onto rectangle tops. Continue as above. For heart-shaped pastries: Roll pastry to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut out shapes using a 3-inch cookie cutter, rerolling scraps. Spread 1 tsp. jam onto half the hearts; add tops. Continue as above. Makes 16 hearts.
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
¼ teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon milk or orange juice
In a small bowl combine powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. Stir in additional milk or juice, 1 teaspoon at a time, until it reaches drizzling consistency. Makes 1/2 cup.
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